The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is proposing to restore and enhance 45 acres located within the southeastern portion of the Cedar Bonnet Island (CBI) Unit, a component of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (Service), the purpose of which is to mitigate for impacts to intertidal/subtidal shallows and riparian zones associated with the implementation of the NJDOT Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project. The NJDOT in cooperation with the Service has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that evaluates the potential environmental effects and consequences of the proposed Habitat Restoration and Management Plan. The draft EA is available for public review and comment here. Written comments should be submitted to Vinny Turner, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 72, 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231 or via email to Vinny_Turner@fws.gov. The comment period for the EA will begin on June 9, 2014 and will close on July 9, 2014. It is the responsibility of the persons providing the comment to submit them by the close of the comment period.
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